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“Observing Hidden Details” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting February 4, 2015

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“Observing Hidden Details” will be the subject at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 12. Shown here is a common winter black-capped chickadee photographed by member Suzette Paduano.

“Observing Hidden Details” will be the subject at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 12. Shown here is a common winter black-capped chickadee photographed by member Suzette Paduano.

Jamestown, NY – “Observing Hidden Details” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.
On Thursday, February 12, at 6:15 p.m. member Laurel Austin-Smith will lead a discovery trip inside the Nature Center building that is about finding one’s initials in the displays. This promises to be a fun time with the hidden agenda of observing and isolating details that may be rotated or even upside down.
“The Color Blue” and “Shoot from the Hip” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. The Color Blue is about using a blue subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. For Shoot from the Hip, one keeps the camera at hip level and shoot upwards. This gives an interesting perspective to your photos, as you don’t look through the viewfinder or at the camera screen.
A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.
The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at http://www.jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

Small Camera Types is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meetng December 29, 2014

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Shown here is a view of the Miller Bell Tower in winter by member Bill Smith.

Shown here is a view of the Miller Bell Tower in winter by member Bill Smith.

Jamestown, NY – “Small Camera Types” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, January 8, at 6:15 p.m. Club members will enlighten everyone on the pros and cons of different types of cameras. These include phone cameras, point-n-shoots, bridge cameras and the newer mirrorless styles. Discussion will focus on features, image quality, what you get for your money. and more. It will also unravel acronyms like ILC, CSC and others.

“The Color Green” and “Creative Aperture Mask” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. The Color Green is about using a green subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. Creative Aperture Mask is all about adding a piece of paper or foil with a cut shape in it directly in front of your lens to give bright out-of-focus spots the shape of the cutout – all in artistic fun.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“iPhone Abstracts” is the Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting November 10, 2014

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“iPhone Abstracts” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 13. Shown here is speaker Butch Poole's layered photograph.

“iPhone Abstracts” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 13. Shown here is speaker Butch Poole’s layered photograph.

On Thursday, November 13, at 6:15 p.m. Butch Poole will demonstrate how he approaches shooting and creating abstract nature photos. He will stress the creative process: using a starting image, adding other images to complement that, experimenting with iPhone apps while on location, deleting and adding other elements and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks back at home.
Butch Poole is a former high school biology teacher and has been involved in the art show circuit for over 30 years selling nature videos and still photography. In 2009, he evolved into iPhone abstract nature photography using multiple exposures and layer effects from an iPhone app. Poole really appreciates now only having to carry a phone into the woods!
“The Color Yellow” and “Unusual Perspective” are the topics for the image review that begins the meeting. The Color Yellow is about using a yellow subject and finding a vantage point to isolate and emphasize the subject and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. Unusual Perspective is all about getting away from shooting at standing eye level.
A long-term scavenger hunt fun photo assignment will also be introduced.
A social time follows the program.
Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.
The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Spring Flowers” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting April 29, 2014

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 “Spring Flowers” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, May 8. Shown here is speaker Jennifer Schlick's photograph of a marigold, also known as a cowslip.

“Spring Flowers” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, May 8. Shown here is speaker Jennifer Schlick’s photograph of a marigold, also known as a cowslip.

Jamestown, NY – “Spring Flowers” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. Jennifer Schlick will demonstrate how she approaches shooting wildflowers. She will stress the creative process: what to include, how to adjust the background view with lens choice, how to organize the view with camera settings and then bring it all together with minor processing tweaks.

Jennifer Schlick is the program director at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary in Jamestown. Her position has afforded her the opportunity to share her passion for the natural world with many people since 1998. She finds that time disappears when she is out shooting, and she delights in photographing things both familiar and new. Schlick is co-creative director for Women Create, the biennial juried exhibit of women’s art, and an active blogger on nature.

“Selective Focus” and “Using a Reflector” are the topics for the image review that begins after the speaker. Selective focus uses a small depth of field to set the subject sharply against a quite softer background and so encourages people to think about the relationship of objects. Using a reflector is about this way to add fill light when shooting subjects in harsh light.

The 15-minute Tech Talk will be on comparing the Auto, Aperture, Shutter speed and Manual exposure modes that all cameras have.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

Great Variety at Audubon Photo Club March 10, 2014

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 Member Suzette Paduano will be a speaker at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, March 13. The photograph of this well-fed cardinal was taken by Paduano from her kitchen window.

Member Suzette Paduano will be a speaker at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, March 13. The photograph of this well-fed cardinal was taken by Paduano from her kitchen window.

Jamestown, NY – A variety pack of topics will be presented at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, March 13, there will be member presentations on “what are all these new camera types,” “some common camera problems explained,” and “nature photography-objectivity, manipulation and ethics.” Also at the 6:30 p.m. meeting, members will show their efforts at repairing two old photographs.

“Winter White” and “Silhouette” are the themes for the Project Time that precedes the speakers, building on last month’s tech talk topics presentation.

“Pictures that don’t respond to auto-corrections and why” is the topic for the technical “Camera Corner” part of the meeting.

A social time follows the program and will include some members’ photography books to peruse.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club president Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

Old Photo Restoration at Audubon Photo Club February 5, 2014

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Member Edie Wall will be the speaker at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 13. Shown here is an old 1950’s photograph of Wall that she will restore.

Member Edie Wall will be the speaker at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, February 13. Shown here is an old 1950’s photograph of Wall that she will restore.

Jamestown, NY – Member Edie Wall will demonstrate restoring old photographs at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, February 13, Wall will show repair and restoration techniques she uses to bring faded color, cracked and stained old photographs back to their original form. At the 6:30 p.m. meeting, she will describe how the repairs are approached and demonstrate the methods used live on actual photos.

Wall has created beautiful gardens on her property in Sherman, New York, in order to photograph them and all the creatures they attract. She began taking photos in high school with a Kodak Brownie and now enjoys learning more about her cameras, post-processing software, photography and gardening. Wall became interested in photo restoration when she was compiling a book of photos for her family members and acquired some old photos that were in bad shape.
“Indoor fill-flash” and “Winter tree-line” are the themes for the Project Time that follows the speaker, building on January’s tech talk topics presentation.
Higher ISO settings – what are the tradeoffs & what do you lose, and a demo on exposure compensation of overly white objects are the topics for the technical “Camera Corner” part of the meeting.
A social time follows the program and will include some members’ photography books to peruse.
Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club president Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

Members to Present Favorite Images at Audubon Photo Club December 30, 2013

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Member Arlene Bonnett will be a speaker at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, January 9. Shown here is her photograph of the Celoron lighthouse.

Member Arlene Bonnett will be a speaker at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, January 9. Shown here is her photograph of the Celoron lighthouse.

Three members sharing their favorite images will be the program kicking off the new year at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, January 9, Arlene Bonnett, Suzette Paduano and Bill Smith will present and talk about some of their favorite photographs and how they were taken. At the 6:30 p.m. meeting, they will describe how the shots were approached and techniques used.

The “member favorite images” is a great way to get to know the members and their interests. Photo subjects include a wide variety of subjects such as animals, birds, flowers, people, macro, landscapes and even alternative old-time photo processes.

“Toning an Image” and “Holiday Lights Bokeh” are the themes for the Project Time that follows the speakers, building on November’s tech talk topics presentation. Toning can be done in-camera or in the digital darkroom. Bokeh, meaning the appearance, or “feel,” of out-of-focus areas of an image, here uses a cutout in front of the lens to turn out-of-focus holiday lights into shapes.

Flash compensation and balancing flash with existing natural lighting are the topics for the technical “Camera Corner” part of the meeting. Fill-flash supplements the existing light and so fills in where the natural light didn’t go.

A social time follows the program and will include some members’ photography books to peruse.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club president Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

Learn to Fix Common Imaging Problems ar Audubon Photo Club Meeting November 2, 2013

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Jamestown, NY – “Fixing Common Imaging Problems” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. Cathy Abers-Kimball will demonstrate how she fixes common photo issues using a digital darkroom program. These issues include over and under-exposure, color and contrast, red-eye, reducing background clutter and off-focus problems.

Cathy Abers-Kimball is a local graphic and website designer who owns 2nd Look Graphic Design in Jamestown. She enjoys photographing all subjects and has an eye for the abstract.

“Show That It’s Windy” and “Foreground Interest” are the topics for the image review that begins after the speaker. Depicting wind in a photo encourages people to be creative and deals with thinking about light levels and longer exposures. Foreground interest concerns issues dealing with a very close object in the scene; moving the camera a few inches has a strong effect.

The 15-minute Tech Talk will be on making toned images easily. Options include built-in camera methods and basic digital darkroom techniques.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Fixing Common Imaging Problems” will be the topic at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 14. Shown here is presenter Cathy Abers-Kimball’s photograph of a small cascade surrounded by fall leaves.

“Fixing Common Imaging Problems” will be the topic at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, November 14. Shown here is presenter Cathy Abers-Kimball’s photograph of a small cascade surrounded by fall leaves.

“Image Review Spectacular” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting September 30, 2013

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 “Image Review Spectacular” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, September 13. Shown here is member Laurel Austin-Smith’s photograph taken at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

“Image Review Spectacular” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, September 13. Shown here is member Laurel Austin-Smith’s photograph taken at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary.

Jamestown, NY – “Image Review Spectacular” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Contest judge Bill Smith will review the winning images and what made them stand out as well as 70 other images and where they fell short.

There are many common and easily avoidable or fixable issues with these entries, including cropping, not matching lighting to the subject, centered subject, busy backgrounds, focus, glare, and tilted horizons.

Better cropping is the main way to improve most images as the cropped out areas pull attention away from the subject. Seeing how these images fell short will help folks to improve their own photography.

The 2013 Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Contest had over 350 submissions from 25 states and 10 foreign countries.

“Mostly reflection” and “Forest shot with sun” are the topics for the image review that begins after the speaker. Showing reflection shots in water is to encourage folks to think more creatively. The forest shot with sun will require folks to use their in-camera controls to get a proper exposure.

The 15-minute Tech Talk will be a hands-on demonstration of taking silhouette shots.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

“Year in Review” is Topic of Audubon Photo Club Meeting September 13, 2013

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Jamestown, NY – “Last Year in Review” is the topic at the next Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting.

On Thursday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. club member Bill Smith will review all the camera projects, 15-minute tech talks, and highlights of the speakers from the previous year of meetings. Succinct notes with tips and web links will be provided.

September starts a new year for the Photo Club and the new year’s schedule will be distributed. Upcoming plans include tech talks on doing a silhouette, all those camera shooting modes and image toning. Camera projects include using bounce light, fill-flash and abstract nature, and speakers will address composition principles, improving your phone shots and restoring old photos.

Bill Smith has been shooting all subjects for many years. Since he was very young, he has been fascinated by nature. He shares his nature, landscape, architectural and rural images at regional art shows/street fairs and occasional exhibits. Most recently, he was the judge for one division of the Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Contest that had submissions from 25 states and 10 foreign countries.

“Vertical nature shot” and “Rotate a picture 90 degrees” are the topics for the image review that begins after the speaker. Vertical shots are much less common than horizontal, so this topic is to encourage folks to bend those elbows. The rotation project is to get shooters to view their already-taken images more deeply by finding interesting images within images that look fascinating when rotated to the right or left.

The 15-minute tech talk will be a hands-on demonstration of your camera’s auto-exposure bracketing feature.

A social time follows the program.

Visitors are asked to pay $5 that can be applied toward the annual membership of $30 if application is made by the next meeting. Among the benefits of membership are discounts on photography classes, special gifts and giveaways from sponsors, field trips, and the right to show photos at Club exhibits.

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Club meets at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Contact Club President Suzette Paduano at (716) 763-9492 or suzettepaduano@yahoo.com for more information, or visit the Club blog at https://jasphotoclub.wordpress.com.

 “Year in Review” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, September 13. Shown here is presenter Bill Smith’s montage photograph of a seagull coming in at Barcelona Harbor.

“Year in Review” will be the subject at the Audubon Nature Photography Club meeting on Thursday, September 13. Shown here is presenter Bill Smith’s montage photograph of a seagull coming in at Barcelona Harbor.

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